Walking Canes History And Benefits For Seniors

Tips and Guide

Walking Canes History And Benefits For Seniors

Walking Canes and walking sticks are an ideal alternative to crutches or hospital canes for people with a medical injury or problems with balance. They are also suitable for use if fatigue or pain is an issue Even absent a medical need, they can of course be utilized as a fashion accessory to provide an extra sense of style.  Most canes and walking sticks are made from either aluminum or wood, although many other kinds are available, such as carbon, lucite, bamboo, and acrylic. Many are compact and extremely lightweight, ideal for traveling and easy storage.

Several manufacturers even supply folding canes. In addition, there are innumerable custom additions for canes and walking sticks, from flashlights and clocks to ice and snow grippers. There are even chair and seat canes and umbrella canes available. For those with a medical need for a cane or walking stick, it should be used on the opposite side of the weakness or injury, even if this is not the dominant hand. All of the person’s weight should begin on the uninjured leg, and then one may step forward with the injured leg and the cane at the same time, with a normal step.

Thus, both the cane and the uninjured leg support the entire weight, and the injured leg can complete its step. The cane or walking stick essentially becomes a third limb. For the correct height of a cane or walking stick, the elbow should be just slightly bent while the user is maintaining an upright posture.

Different Types of Walking Canes Available in UK

There are a wide variety of canes and walking sticks from which to choose, not to mention the different types of handles or knobs available to personalize the style. Wood canes can be made from rosewood, beechwood, ash, pine, zebrano, afromosia, and wenge, as well as many other exotic woods. The types of handles and knobs are only limited by one’s imagination. You can find more information on top quality walking canes in UK here.

Hand carved wood canes have actually become quite a collector’s item, and there are many specialty manufacturers. A large collector’s market has developed for all manner of canes and walking sticks. Since they have been used for centuries, the antique cane and walking stick market is quite large, as well.

Walking Canes For ElderlyCanes and walking sticks are not just for men, either. There are unisex canes and canes designed specifically for women, based on not just size, but with feminine designs, too. Women have used canes throughout history, both for support and as a fashion statement. Women’s canes tend to have a smaller handle and shaft size to accommodate a woman’s smaller hand.

Cane handles vary extremely widely, and are often custom-designed. Common handles include the traditional hook, or tourist, handle, ball, palm, derby, and fritz. There are also many ornamental handles available.

Canes and walking sticks are of course a great help for people with a medical need, but they can also be enjoyed by anyone just looking for added comfort on long walks or hikes, and they can be a very unique touch of style and class for someone simply stepping out on the town.

History of walking canes

Long before walking sticks and indeed long before I started making hand carved walking sticks, an industry arose that stemmed from sheep. With the sheep came a necessity for a tool to catch and control them-thus came the Shepherd’s Crook, a working tool and a walking aid. Thus stick making developed in those areas which had a large population of sheep-especially the horn breeds which would provide the stick maker with the raw material required to make the crooks. This was the beginning of the stick industry which led to the demand for hand carved walking sticks.

wooden walking canes UKThese original sticks would have been a working tool, used in the daily life of the shepherd or the farmer. The shepherd would form his crook from sheep’s horn, bending it into shape with heat from peat fire and carving it with his knife, producing the sheep’s horn crook as we know it today. These skills are still practiced today and Gordon Mathie produces some of the finest selection of horn handled crooks and hand carved walking sticks found in England. The choice of hand carved walking sticks is enormous, with many different styles and sizes. There is a hand carved walking stick to fit everybody, each with an elegance and beauty associated with this time-honoured craft.

Today people using sticks are more likely to be the ardent walker and rambler. Dog owners also enjoy owning a good looking stick, as does the person who just really likes to be in the countryside and is an admirer of the traditional skills required in making such high quality hand carved walking sticks. Handmade walking sticks and hand carved walking sticks. Our handmade walking sticks use the very best materials and are created using traditional wood working methods. A handmade walking stick is a practical and stylish accessory which will enhance your enjoyment of the countryside.

How I develop My Walking Cane

The shanks I use to make my handmade walking canes are of the better quality. Some walking stick makers use inferior sticks, because they can be cheaper to purchase. Some walking canes makers get great enjoyment from cutting their own sticks. But I feel to produce really good quality handmade walking sticks, in which I can take pride in, I prefer to use the very best shanks, I can obtain. From these I choose only the very best of the best again, to mount with black or coloured buffalo horns with silver collars.

I draw on my many years of experience working with an engineering background when creating handmade walking sticks. I use a longer piece of metal insert to make a much stronger and durable walking canes. I enjoy making all styles of tops and use a variety of materials for my walking sticks, from wood, to cow horn, antler and buffalo horn and occasionally rams horn I get great enjoyment from carving some of the tops in wood. Some of these are done in dogs heads, which have proved popular with dog owners, other’s in the shapes of birds and fish. The type of handmade walking stick mostly depends on the shape of the wood and the grain; this can be my inspiration. Like Michel Angelo said, “In every piece of marble or stone is a shape waiting to take form.” So it is with a piece of wood for me. In every piece there is shape just waiting to be created.

My first love was always woodcarving in the earlier days, and I would carve just for the love of it. Plaques or three D subjects, depending on the requirements of the individual that commissioned me to do the work, or whatever took my fancy if I was doing it for myself.  Later I developed an interest in woodturning, which led to the making of handmade walking sticks, I joy this as a differing way to work within the medium of wood.